The Animal House on RADIO IQ & RADIO IQ W/BBC News

Saturdays at 5:00 pm on RADIO IQ

The Animal House is a weekly discussion on RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News that explores the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation. We hope to deepen human understanding of animals and explain the powerful bonds that link us to the animal world. Our goal is to be fun, substantive, and appealing to a broad audience -- both those with pets and those without them.

The Animal House will go from the bat caves of northern Virginia to the big game reserves of Botswana as we discuss the latest in animal-related news. And each week, you can count on expert advice about all your pet-related questions from Dr. Gary Weitzman, veterinarian and executive director of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

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Program Headlines

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:28pm

    Dog Ear Dilemma: In Washington, D.C., the owner of a 13-week-old pit bull wants to know if the puppy is too old to have his ears cropped. Sound Affect: A schnoodle named Midnight has a severe fear of the sound of her caretaker's burps. Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “Wild Horses” by Tim Reis Production Assistance:: Natalie Yuravlivker, Meghan Modafferi, Alex Drewenskus, Tim Olmstead, Nick Warren

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:12pm

    There are tens of thousands of "satos" or stray dogs roaming the tiny U.S. commonwealth. We examine the causes and effects of this troublesome predicament. We also follow the tireless efforts of volunteers who rescue and prepare animals for eventual adoption in the United States. Animal Control On Call: Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, officers of the Washington Humane Society's Animal Care and Control Field Services Division handle the mostly unpredictable and often dangerous responsibility of rescuing injured, threatened or abandoned animals in the nation’s capital. As the only rescue organization charted by the U.S. Congress, it has a unique place among animal welfare agencies by coming to the aid of both pets and wildlife since 1870. To learn more about the work of these dedicated individuals, we sent WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau to ride along with them.

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:02pm

    Grassy Toll: In Charlotte, North Carolina, an 11-year-old chocolate lab appears to have severe allergies to grass, which causes him to chew at his paws because of the irritation. Dr. Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society offers advice. Treating a Tabby’s Teeth: A cat named Abby has been diagnosed with feline tooth resorption. What can be done to slow the progression or prevent it? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti.

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:46pm

    They are the master builders of the animal kingdom and their handy work has great importance to life on earth for many other species, including humans. A new PBS documentary examines the remarkable lives of beavers and their surprising contributions to our geology and ecology. We asked the film’s award winning director, Jari Osborne, to give us a preview. The miraculous work of beavers isn’t just a North American phenomenon. In the 16th century, the animals were remaking the English countryside. But then they gradually disappeared, hunted into extinction. Now, 500 years later, the beaver has suddenly and mysteriously returned to the United Kingdom. Reporter Christopher Worth from PRI’s The World tells us more. Music: “Madeira River” by Uakti.

  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:28pm

    A Neutering Nightmare: In Ocean City, Maryland, a 5-year-old golden retriever was on the receiving end of an inadequate neuter procedure, resulting in a $1,200 surgery bill. Dr. Weitzman helps the dog's companion with the next step. Trouble For a Not-So-Picky Eater: A Washington, D.C. cat named Reginald eats string and other things off the ground, causing him to have uncomfortable intestinal issues. What's the best way to help Reg be more selective about his diet? Vet Phobia: In Kensington, Maryland, a cat named Beren has to be anesthetized before any veterinarian examination. Is this normal? Is it time to change doctors? Music: “Purus River” by Uakti; “El Condor Pasa” by Los Jaivas